On June 7th, we’ll celebrate the release of Port of Call’s new album ‘Clear Memories’ and perform the songs at Korzo Theater’s beautiful, intimate room. The show will be seated , though there will be enough room for dancing. After the show, we’ll have a party.
UrgentCity, organized by Amateur Cities and New Generations took place on November 11 & 12, 2016 at La Palazzina Reale in Florence, Italy. For two days, an interdisciplinary group of guests discussed new ecologies, urban assets, digital toolkit and new collectives. I contributed to The Digital Toolkit theme, discussing how the language of technology influences the way we live, and how an ‘error’ can be considered as a unique moment of demystification, exposing material realities of technology.
As We Read is a website with a growing collection of reading lists about art and design, ranging from essays to graphic novels, and from lecture transcripts to manifestos. I contributed with a reading list of books in the library of Het Nieuwe Instituut that deal with the ever-expanding universe of materials.Continue reading “As We Read”
CLUB VOYAGE was a festival in the Vondelbunker in Amsterdam, with performances by YEAR, the Wild Raspberries and DJ’s Bert, Stefan and Tessel. Friends abroad ‘joined’ the festival through video projections of them dancing in Belgium, England, New-Zealand, Italy, Austria, Germany and Spain, projected on the wall of the dance floor.
The exhibition Souvenirs. De dingen en de verhalen at Felix Meritis presented an assembly of objects and the stories of their owners. The photography by Sophie Wright was presented as a new collection of souvenirs in the exhibition. Curated with Tessel Dekker, co-founder of Gevonden Voorwerpen.
Following FIBER Festival‘s theme exploring the Subterranean, I wrote an article for Simulacrum about the artists that help us navigate in the algorithmic and digital landscapes underneath the surfaces of our screens.
Over the last two years, I recorded an EP for every season of the year together with my band. Five songs for Spring, five for the Summer, five songs for Autumn, and four last songs for the Winter.
Today Winter has started again and our last songs are finally released. It’s time to tell you the story. The story of Part of the Plan, Fall/Awake, Hide the House and Boats to Go. Many people are involved in this story. Sometimes because we asked them. Sometimes we met them by accident. Seasons is a journey along different homes, industrial sites, farms, attics, submarines, hidden gardens and other places.
The Connecting Cities Urban Media Lab Symposium organized by IMAL in Brussels included contributions by Niels Wouters, Mark Shepard, Martijn de Waal, Michael Smyth, Nanna Verhoeff, Ali Momeni, Sander Veenhof and Tobias Revell. I contributed with a talk on Urban Dialogues: Media Interventions as Assembling Devices
This summer, I finished my MA thesis Urban Dialogues. Media Interventions as Assembling Devices, published here as pdf.
Cities have always been spaces of friction where people encounter others as strangers in physical public space, and must find a way to deal with each other. Mediating the tensions between different urban publics has been one of the most difficult projects since the earliest days of urbanization. One way of addressing these tensions, is by means of urban media interventions. These interventions can be understood as artistic practices that assemble new urban publics of strangers, by the creative and critical use of media technologies. Their opportunities and challenges are being discussed in the discourses about tactical media and dialogic art, that expose urban media interventions from different fields of study.
Unlike Us #3 was a conference on the politics of social media, organized by the Institute of Network Cultures. I wrote a report on the lecture of French philosopher Bernard Stiegler on neuropower and noopolitics. Read it here.
On Saturday the 21st of September, we celebrated /|\ HET VERVAL /|\ with more than 15 artists including bands, DJ’s, storytellers, poets, Autumn food ‘in verval’ and visuals. The festival was located at Pakhuis Wilhelmina and Delicatessen, at the Veemkade in Amsterdam. I curated and organized the festival with Denis Wouters and Cornelis Serveert.